Amico and Ossoff made big checks in the final stretch of the Senate primary
Yet few people understand the importance of avoiding a runoff better than Ossoff. He fell just short of the majority vote he needed in a crowded special election in 2017, then narrowly lost a head-to-head clash with Republican Karen Handel weeks later.
“It’s a sign of how strongly Jon believes in this race and in the people of Georgia,” spokesman Jake Best said. “With this investment, we will expand all aspects of our campaign to defeat Senator David Perdue.”
With few recent public polls, the state of the race remains murky. The pandemic injected even more unpredictability by diverting attention from the contest and effectively ending the in-person campaign.
Amico also enjoys high profile thanks to his 2018 run for lieutenant governor and recently launched advertising focusing on his ties to Stacey Abrams and his business background.
And Tomlinson, who was tied with Amico for second place in an AJC poll in March, has amassed a long list of endorsements and raised about $2.5 million since entering the race, including about $100,000 from his personal account.
At forums and town halls, she points out that she’s the only candidate with elected experience and wonders if Ossoff can defeat Perdue, a former Fortune 500 chief executive who hasn’t drawn a primary opponent.
In a social media post responding to Ossoff’s cash injection, Tomlinson nodded to his 2017 loss to Handel and suggested he was forced to open his checkbook because the race had tightened.
“Really, Jon? “That’s a super million you must have invested in your campaign between postponing your previous failed run and this loan,” she wrote. “I thought this race was a cakewalk for you.”